Books and Reviews – August 01, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend and had time to read or listen to some wonderful books.  This week I read one book – The Pillar by Kim Fielding, and listened to two audiobooks – Sutphin Boulevard (Five Bouroughs book 1) by Santino Hassell and The Starving Years by Jordan Castillo Price.  They were all very good.

 

Sutphin Boulevard Santino Hassell audiobook coverTitle:  Sutphin Boulevard (Book 1)
Series: Five Boroughs
Author: Santino Hassell
Narrator: Rusty Topsfield
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press, LLC
Audible.com release date:  December 04, 2015

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Blurb:  Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens, to teaching in one of the city’s most queer-friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for 20 years.

Thoughts:  4,5 stars
I enjoyed this book very much.  I thought it had a rawness to it – the setting, the characters, what they were going through. I had a hard time relating to Michael, certain aspects of his character,  but I loved Raymond and Nunzio. The narration is excellent.  I already have the second book in the series queued up in Audible.

I would like to share this review by  Michelle of Joyfully Jay Reviews.  She  expresses my thoughts on this story perfectly.

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The Pillar by Kim FieldingTitle: The Pillar
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  August 12, 2014
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Blurb: 
During his youth, orphaned thief Faris was flogged at the pillar in the town square and left to die. But a kind old man saved him, gave him a home, and taught him a profession. Now Faris is the herbalist for the town of Zidar, taking care of the injured and ill. He remains lonely, haunted by his past, and insecure about how his community views him. One night, despite his reluctance, he saves a dying slave from the pillar.

A former soldier, Boro has spent the last decade as a brutalized slave. Herbs and ointment can heal his physical wounds, but both men carry scars that run deep. Bound by the constraints of law and social class in 15th century Bosnia, Faris and Boro must overcome powerful enemies to protect the fragile happiness they’ve found.

Thoughts:  LYLBTB 50 star
I tend to love the writing of Kim Fielding and this book was no exception.  It is beautiful, lyrical, heartbreaking at times yet hopeful.  The author mentions in the preface of the book and on her blog some background for the story.

This review by  ~~Dαni(ela) ♂♂ love & semi-colons~~
expresses my thoughts and feelings about this story beautifully.  (Be sure to check out two other Kim Fielding books mentioned in the review ❤ )

 

The starving years by JCP Amazon audibleTitle:  The Starving Years: MMM Dystopian Romance
Author:  Jordan Castillo Price
Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
Publisher:  JCP Books LLC
Audible.com release date:   July 7, 2016

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Blurb:   The chemistry between these three men is undeniable, but is it enough to save Manhattan?

Imagine a world without hunger.

In 1960, a superfood was invented that made starvation a thing of the past. Manna, the cheaply manufactured staple food, is now as ubiquitous as salt in the world’s cupboards, pantries and larders.

Nelson Oliver knows plenty about manna. He’s a food scientist-according to his diploma, that is. Lately, he’s been running the register at the local video rental dive to scrape together the cash for his outrageously priced migraine medication.

In a job fair gone bad, Nelson hooks up with copywriter Javier and his computer-geek pal Tim, who whisks them away from the worst of the fiasco in his repurposed moving truck. At least, Nelson thinks those two are acquainted, but they’re acting so evasive about it, he’s not sure how they know each other, exactly. Javier is impervious to Nelson’s flirting, and Tim’s name could appear in the dictionary under the entry for “awkward.” And with a riot raging through Manhattan and yet another headache coming on, it doesn’t seem like Nelson will get an answer anytime soon.

One thing’s for sure, the tension between the three of them is thick enough to cut with a knife…even one of those dull plastic dealies that come in the package with Mannariffic EZ-Mealz.

The Starving Years is a must-read for fans of dystopian romance looking for scorching M/M/M chemistry in a fast-paced, page-turning adventure.

 

Thoughts:   LYLBTB 50 star
I have been on a Jordan Castillo Price binge lately.  I just finished listening to  her PysCop series and when I saw that The Starving Years was out on audio and that Gomez Pugh was narrating it, it was a must have.

It is fast paced, slightly dystopian and has mystery and intrigue.  The cast of main and secondary characters captured my attention and pulled me into the story.  Even when some of them were annoying me 😉 I liked the way the author wrote the three main characters together, but I would have loved to had more background on them.  I listened to the book and once again Gomez Pugh does an outstanding job with the narration.

I found this wonderful review for The Starving Years that I would like to share with you by Jay from Joyfully Jay Reviews. 

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To see the latest pics of the three main characters for their audiobook debut click below:

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I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books.  

Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

FBS, coffee and reading

Melyna

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